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March is here with its promise of spring and daylight saving time, March Madness basketball games, and the blossoming of several upcoming flower holidays. But before we surrender February to history, let’s look back at the past month and appreciate what took place. If you’re an Eagles fan, the Super Bowl in Minneapolis may have been the highpoint of your month, or maybe even your lifetime. Then there were the Winter Olympics in South Korea, where elite athletes... Read more
Entire floral supply chain contributes to successful Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day 2018 is now in the history books and initial reports, at the time of this writing, indicated that it was a good holiday. According to the National Retail Federation, U.S. consumers were expected to spend $19.6 billion — up from $18.2 billion a year ago — on gifts for Valentine’s Day, with more than 10 percent — or $2 billion — spent on flowers. United Parcel Service delivered approximately 88 million flowers through its global “lovegistics” network,... Read more
Congressman Jimmy Panetta to deliver pep talk to CAD participants
One of the floral industry’s biggest advocates in Congress, Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D. CA), will deliver a pep talk to the Society of American Florists’ Congressional Action Days participants before they meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, according to a news release. Rep. Panetta will speak at the Grassroots Breakfast during the 38th annual CAD in Washington, D.C., March 12-13. Benno Dobbe of Holland America Bulb Farms, Inc., and SAF Growers Council member Diana... Read more
Hiawatha Evergreens celebrates 80 years in business
In 1938, a fresh evergreen brush supplier known as Northwest Evergreens first opened its doors in Shelton, WA. Today, the company is known as Hiawatha Evergreens and over the past 80 years the company has evolved, expanding their product line and size. Owner W.C.P. Allen built the original plant in 1938 and L.G. Shelver acquired the company in 1947. Larry Stevens, who began working for Northwest Evergreens as a young man, partnered with Richard Pasalich in 1973... Read more
Random Acts of Flowers’ COO & CMO dies
Cindy McConkey Cox, 58, died Jan. 25 after more than four years spent battling rare biliary liver cancer, according to a news release. She was chief operating and chief marketing officer for the nonprofit Random Acts of Flowers in Knoxville, TN. Cindy McConkey CoxRandom Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and wellbeing of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness, according to... Read more
FPFC NorCal Expo  gathers on April 18
Floral and produce industry members will gather at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA, on April 18 for the annual Fresh Produce and Floral Council’s Northern California Expo. Last year, over 200 companies showcased their products at 158 booths and more than 1,000 visitors attended the one-day event. Kendall Farms was awarded Best in Show floral booth at the 2017 FPFC Northern California Expo in Pleasanton, CA.“We wanted to focus on bringing more independent... Read more
Three new Dutch flowers make their debut
Three new Dutch flowers are being introduced — a pink rose, a yellow chrysanthemum and a double tulip. Avalanche Adore+ is a new rose with pale pink petals, soft green edges on the outside, a strong stem and a shelf life of more than 14 days, according to a news release. Growers at Van den Berg Roses could hardly believe their eyes when they came across this mutant of Dümmen Orange’s Avalanche in their greenhouse. “It’s a very special color,” Jos van der Meijs,... Read more
WFPC cultivates female leaders
The Center for Growing Talent by Produce Marketing Association will host the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference April 15-17 in Miami. The three-day conference was designed exclusively by women for women specifically in the floral and produce industries, regardless of their career stage, according to the association’s website. Women from the floral and produce industries participated in leadership training developed through a ‘gender lens’ at the 2017 Women’s... Read more
PMA and Pantone to host free color trends webinar April 5
The Produce Marketing Association will host a free webinar April 5 featuring Laurie Pressman, Pantone Color Institute vice president, Pantone LLC, according to a news release. Laurie Pressman, Pantone Color Institute vice president.Pressman will provide insights on current and future color trends, color palettes and origins, and how disruptions socially, politically and economically impact these dynamics. Participants will learn about the constantly evolving landscape... Read more
New Chrysal Bag-in-a-Box packaging  is eco-friendly and user-friendly
Chrysal has introduced its new eco-friendly Professional 2 Bag-in-a-Box, which contains 70 percent less plastic than its blue containers, according to a news release. It consists of two parts — a soft plastic liner and a fully branded protective carton — making it easy to separate and to dispose of. Once empty, you simply compress the plastic lining and dispose of the cardboard carton in the recycling bin. Chrysal Professional 2 is a floral water conditioner... Read more
The next meeting of the International Association of Horticultural Producers will take place March 20-23 in Melbourne, Australia, according to a news release. Hosted in association with Nursery and Garden Industry Australia, the week will include: • International Horticultural Expo Conference — Delegates can hear updates on developments and progress with upcoming AIPH-approved International Horticultural Exhibitions in Taichung 2018 (Chinese Taipei), Beijing 2019... Read more
The Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Florists Association will be holding its annual convention April 6-8 at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI, featuring main stage shows, business sessions, hands-on workshops, design contests, a trade show and more, according to a news release. There will be an all-day hands-on session April 6 titled “A Perfect Union … Greens and More ‘Green’” presented by Pam Borgardt, lead buyer, educational specialist and sales associate... Read more
Friday, April 6 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Registration Desk Open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. All Day Hands-On Session, “A Perfect Union … Greens and More ‘Green,’” presented by Pam Borgardt 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Trade Show Reception Saturday, April 7 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Design Contest Registration 9 a.m.-9:55 a.m. Business Session, “Hidden Treasure: Finding the Gold in Your Business,” presented by Derrick Myers 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Main Stage Design... Read more
New Nelson Mandela rose introduced
In one of the first events in the year-long celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birth, a rose named after him was launched in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Feb. 8, according to a news release. Former President Mandela, who died on Dec. 5, 2013, would have turned 100 on July 18, 2018. The disease-resistant Nelson Mandela Rose is a tall, orange-vermillion, prolific floribunda that grows to more than three feet tall in good conditions.The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s... Read more
Applications are now being accepted for more than 20 different scholarships — ranging from $500 to $6,000 — through the American Floral Endowment, according to a news release. “Awarding scholarships to students is a primary function of AFE,” said AFE chairman Dwight Larimer in the release. “We understand the financial burden they face and are doing our part to help them,” he added. Two new scholarships were recently established with AFE, so even more opportunities... Read more
The annual Royal FloraHolland Seasonal Trade Fair will take place March 14-15 in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, according to news release. Each year, this trade fair is visited by thousands of trade professionals, more than 300 growers of green and flowering house and garden plants, as well as a number of flower growers. The Royal FloraHolland House acts as a central location at the Seasonal Trade Fair, where florists, growers, wholesalers and exporters connect and... Read more
Ter Laak Orchids crowned 2018  AIPH International Grower of the Year
The International Association of Horticultural Producers crowned Netherlands-based Ter Laak Orchids as International Grower of the Year 2018 at IPM Essen in Germany, according to a news release. Ter Laak Orchids is a family business that has been growing Phalaenopsis plants since 1980. According to the jury at the competition, Ter Laak’s customers appreciate the results-oriented approach and typical Dutch trading mentality of the company. Ter Laak Orchids was... Read more
Everyday heroes  come in many forms
As the “bomb cyclone” blasted the East Coast with snow and bitter cold and even turned Atlantic Ocean waves into Slurpee slush, on the West Coast of the United States, firefighters risked their lives battling massive California wildfires. Many of those same first responders were then immediately called upon again to rescue victims from mudslides that ravaged the burned-out hillsides. These hard-working people had spent countless hours training to be ready to act... Read more
TPIE 2018 — Indoor plants are hip again
The Tropical Plant International Expo celebrated its 45th year bringing together buyers and sellers of interior plants and related products. Taking place in Fort Lauderdale, FL, TPIE this year attracted more than 6,000 industry professionals and over 350 exhibiting companies — including 38 new exhibitors — during its run from Jan. 17-19 at the Broward County Convention Center. Indoor plants are hip, as if it’s the 1970’s all over again, so it’s no surprise TPIE... Read more
The future of Women’s Day is purple
Real and positive change is happening from Hollywood to Washington D.C. and all points in-between. Sparked by the #MeToo movement, women’s rights have been a big part of the national consciousness for the last year. This has generated much-needed discussion and cultural introspection. In fact, according to Merriam-Webster, the most looked-up word on their website for 2017 was “feminism.” It is no small coincidence that Ultra Violet, the Pantone Color of the Year,... Read more